Summer 2015| Posse National Newsletter


Student Affairs VP, Dean of Students Builds Dynamic Colby Community

With nearly 30 years of experience, James “Jim” Terhune, the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Colby College, is committed to creating a college community that offers students a holistic, dynamic learning environment.

“What happens in the classroom is at the core of it, but a meaningful and intentional approach to residential education gives students the opportunity to shape their community, to be involved in framing organizations and planning social activities, and to practice self-governance,” says Jim.

A graduate of Middlebury College, Jim began his student affairs career at his alma mater before earning his Ed.M. in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. During his 15-year tenure with Colgate University, he served in a number of leadership roles including director of student activities, dean of first-year students and dean of student affairs.

Now at the start of his 10th year at Colby, Jim oversees a number of departments and programs that provide students with a robust campus experience in conjunction with academics and athletics.

“I’m really proud of the work that we’re doing at Colby,” he says. “It makes a real difference in individual’s lives and I think it’s hugely important to society—having educated, thoughtful, critical thinkers will make for better communities and a better world.”

For 12 years, Colby built and grew its Posse program with Scholars from New York, extending the college’s regional draw beyond New England. Now, since 2013, Colby selects Posses from Houston to further diversify their student body.

“Colby’s dedication to supporting a student body with diverse experiences and backgrounds is evidenced by the longevity of their partnership with Posse and their commitment to one of our newest chapters,” says Posse Chief Operating Officer Matthew Fasciano.

“Posse Scholars represent less than 1 percent of the student body, but you can’t turn around without seeing their impact in the classroom, student government, athletics, theater and music, or faculty research,” says Jim.

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